How To Become A LinkedIn Jedi

LinkedIn is one of those unique sites – not a fluffy social media site, but a great way to network. I have posted several articles about it (check here) and it continues to be a great resource for networking. Gryffin brings us this great infographic and

May the Force (of Networking) Be With You!

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If all you want is a place to host your online resume, then LinkedIn is not the site you’re looking for.

LinkedIn might be for professionals, but at its heart it is still a SOCIAL network, and it’s core value lies in the relationships you build by connecting and engaging with other users. Whether you’re looking to get hired as an individual or business, LinkedIn can help you further your professional goals and establish yourself as a skilled and competent member of the workforce.

To that end, as a follow-up to our “Google Plus Wizard” infographic, we explore the deepest reaches of LinkedIn space and show you how to utilize the Force of Networking in “How To Become A LinkedIn Jedi”!

With this guide, you’ll learn the “mind tricks” that will help your LinkedIn profile stand out. Did you know that using a professional photo makes your profile eleven times more likely to be viewed? As for company pages, those that provide additional information, such as with the new Showcase pages, are likely to have two times as many followers!

But you need to go beyond just the profile. Taking advantage of tools such as LinkedIn Groups, Pulse, and Openlink, you can share and engage with content throughout LinkedIn and create a powerful network of colleagues, industry influencers, and potential employers or clients.

Ready to get started, are you? The read on and learn how you too can master the force and become a LinkedIn Jedi!

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California

This is my state! VERY cool video!

California from Hal Bergman on Vimeo.

California is the most populated state in the United States, and the third largest. It’s almost double the size of the United Kingdom and slightly larger than Japan. If it was it’s own independent country (as it was briefly for a few weeks in 1846), it would have the 8th largest economy in the world by GDP. It contains the highest summit and the lowest desert in the Continental United States (and the second-lowest point in the world), both of which are in the same county. It’s most known for movies, technology, wine, and national parks, but also grows more than a third of the vegetables consumed in the US, two-thirds of the fruits and nuts, and an unknown but presumably huge percentage of marijuana. It contains every major climatological biome except tundra. More important than those facts, to me, is that I was born and spent most of my life here.

My goal was to cram all of the visually stunning things about the entire state, from coastline to mountains to deserts, from cities to wilderness and national parks, into four minutes. I intended to use this as a pitch for work from the California Board of Tourism, but now I’m sharing it publicly.

The average clip took 1-3 hours to film and another 3-10 hours to edit. Several cuts are from clips more than 24 hours long. I shot 423 clips over four years to make this, but the majority of the 67 clips ultimately used were shot in the last 12 months.

The music is “Intense Rocks” by Sebastian Watzinger, licensed from Audiosocket.

Most of the individual clips are available for license via Getty Images, Dissolve, or directly. Many of them feature in the Magic Window timelapse screensaver for Mac.

License Clips on Getty Images: tinyurl.com/califtlg
License Clips on Dissolve: tinyurl.com/califtld

My Facebook: facebook.com/hal9000
Instagram: instagram.com/halbergman
Flickr: flickr.com/photos/pyrokinetic/

Have a Mac? Want my timelapses as a screensaver? Here’s a project I did the photography for:
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(If you got this far down, thank you! I’d like to add that I’m available for hire. I specialize in still photography and timelapse photography for travel, architecture, and industry.)

Full list of locations used:
Alabama Hills
Big Sur
Bombay Beach
Death Valley National Park
Gilroy
Inyo National Forest
Jenner
Joshua Tree
Lake Tahoe
Long Beach
Los Angeles
Malibu
Mono Lake South Tufa Reserve
Mount Shasta
Napa
Onyx
Owens Lake
Salinas
San Diego
San Francisco
San Luis Obispo
Santa Monica
Sequoia National Forest
Venice
Weldon
Yosemite National Park

Buy or Rent?

Always a good question!

Rent vs. Own: Which Option Is Best for You?

It’s a question that millions of Americans face every year: Should I rent a place to live or should I buy one? The answer depends on an array of factors, including how much money you’re prepared to sink into your home.

To help you figure out whether to head down the rent or own route, we’ve created this infographic that covers some key considerations.

Fast fact: About two-thirds of Americans are homeowners and about one-third are renters, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council.

For more information about renting vs. owning, read this article on The SpareFoot Blog.

- See more at: http://www.sparefoot.com/storage-tips/rent-vs-own-infographic/#sthash.tlRHKvOn.dpuf

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Courtesy of: SpareFoot

How Much is 100 Bucks Worth in Your State?

This is interesting. “Inflation” on a state-by-state (and a bonus by metro area) basis. From Lifehacker we can take a look at

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The face value of $100 is the same in all 50 states, but when it comes to actual purchasing power, your mileage may vary depending on where you are. These are the states that offer the biggest bang for your buck.

Update: Ask and you shall receive! The good folks at Tax Foundation have also put together a map for metropolitan areas due to popular demand. This map helps break down smaller regions a lot better. Check it out below!

The numbers on the map, from the Tax Foundation, represent the actual value of goods you can buy in each state compared to the national average—as calculated by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Essentially, $100 that you earn in one state is actually worth more than $100 you’d earn in another. Some of the gaps aren’t that wide, but when you consider your salary, it can make a world of difference. For example:

The same amount of dollars are worth almost 40 percent more in Mississippi than in DC, and the differences become even larger if metro area prices are considered instead of statewide averages. A person who makes $40,000 a year after tax in Kentucky would need to have after-tax earnings of $53,000 in Washington, DC just in order to have an equal standard of living, let alone feel richer.

Of course, states where your money may be worth less also tend to have higher incomes to try and balance things—so keep that in mind. Still, it’s something to consider when you’re dwelling on places to move or open a business. For more information on the relative value of $100 across the states, check the link below.

The Real Value of $100 in Each State | Tax Foundation via Consumerist

The Real Value of $100 in Metropolitan Areas | Tax Foundation

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America’s Super Cities

Do you live in a Super City? Here is a cool infographic from SpareFoot that shows us

America’s Super Cities: Places to Watch in 2014

Every day, it seems, publications and websites are cranking out “best of” lists, like the Best Places to Live, the Best Places to Work and so on. So we decided to put together a list of lists, if you will, in an infographic to give you a quick look at some of the U.S. cities to watch in 2014. Our mega-list relies on data from the Milken Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank, as well as from several media outlets.

Now, let the debate begin about which cities should or should not be listed on this infographic.

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Courtesy of: SpareFoot

- See more at: http://www.sparefoot.com/storage-tips/americas-super-cities/#sthash.z0aMtXpw.dpuf

Baking 101

This handy infographic comes from our good friends at Shari’s Berries (see previous DLT posts here and here).

The Science of Baking

Ever wondered how your oven can transform a pale blob of dough into a crisp, brown sugar cookie? Or a pan full of gooey batter into a fluffy cake? It’s not magic. Well … maybe it’s a little magical, because all cooking is one part art, especially when it comes to inventing new recipes and baked treats (like cake pops). The other part, of course, is science. That’s the part that does all the browning, crisping and batter fluffing. It’s all explained in our fun and informative infographic.

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More About Baking

Ready to start baking? Or would you rather eat the chocolate cake than make it? That’s fine too, as we’ve got plenty of cakes and cookies  if you need a delicious baked birthday or holiday gift in a hurry. You can also join us on Pinterest for more great baking ideas.

Cities for Cyclists

Sadly my community has become quite the danger to cyclists :(. SpareFoot brings us

8 Best Cities for Cyclists

This is the static image of SpareFoot’s interactive “8 Best Cities For Cyclist” infographic:

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Courtesy of: SpareFoot
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